Have you ever fainted? I have. One minute I was up and moving, but the next the room began to darken and when the darkness reached my eyes, I was no longer standing. I was down. I remember the up and moving part, but I can’t say I recall much about being down. All in all though, fainting was not a pleasant experience. Yet the psalmist used it as a picture of how much he longed to be in God’s presence. “How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar, Lord Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.”
The questions then arise, Have I ever longed so much to be in God’s presence that I could say my heart yearns, even faints? Do my heart and my flesh cry out for God?
They are hard questions. In this fast-paced world, do I even find time to spend with God, let alone long for the time?
Lord Jesus, help me to desire to be in Your presence. Help me to long for You so much that my heart cries out for You.